Proceedings at the State House of Assembly were stalled in the past two weeks.
However, last week, member representing Eleme State Constituency, Hon. Aforji Igwe called on Ebubu and Agbonchia youths to embrace peace.
Hon. Igwe made the plea after an alleged cult clash led to the death of two young men in the community.
The lawmaker said all efforts are being made to calm the situation, as he urged young people to shun violence and engage themselves in productive ventures.
Meanwhile, penultimate week, the House passed the Violence Against Persons (VAP)Prohibition Bill into law. It also conducted a public hearing for the State Security Trust Fund Bill 2019.
Recall that the Chairman, Adhoc Committee on the Rivers State Security Trust Fund bill 2019, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo called on security agencies, government, public and private sectors to ensure the protection of lives and property of Rivers people.
Hon. Ahiakwo gave the assurance during a one-day public hearing on the State Security Trust Fund Bill.
Ahiakwo who is the lawmaker representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Constituency 1 said the bill will help boost effective delivery in the security situation in the state.
A representative of the Nigeria Police , DSP Desmond Madu, during his recommendation called on the House to include a provision that will cater for all injured police officers in the course of their duty.
The Director General of Rivers State Neighborhood Watch Safety Agency, Uche Chukwuma, said the bill when passed into law, would make the work of security operatives move on effectively to enhance crime-free society.
Representatives from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Office of the State Attorney General, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Rivers State and the Office of the Secretary to the State Government made their contributions during the public hearing.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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